The joys of owning a business have taken Scout & Nimble on a wild ride these past few years, but behind the business affairs is a whole other creative outlet. When I’m not posting, tagging and managing a wonderful staff, I’m taking on design projects in my local community. This Portfolio Project series will take you through my design world and hopefully, will bring a little fun “before & after” action your way.
To kick-off the series, I’ve pulled one of my favorite bathroom projects: An 80s/90s master bathroom renovation.It began with maroon carpet, a loner sink, and a builder grade mirror. And don’t forget the polished shiny brass accents and plastic crystal knobs. It felt cramped, outdated, and wasn’t functioning well at all for my clients.
I am a problem solver at heart, so when these homeowners told me they would be listing their home within 5 years, I rolled up my sleeves and got to designing a fresh, current space without breaking the bank, all while maintaining the original footprint design.
Our first order of business was to open the space. The shower walls were torn down and the layout was flipped. We enclosed the shower with glass walls to prevent anything from interrupting the eye and completed the look with marble, basketweave marble accent and a porcelain floor tile. We were strategic with the floors. The porcelain tile had varying hues of white, gray, linen and beige to match any future decorations the homeowners might choose
Next up were the walls. The washed-out beige color was covered up with Benjamin Moore’s Pale Oak OC-20. This is one of my all time favorite go-to paint colors. It’s light and bright with a creaminess that brings warmth and sophistication to any space. It works well with various shades of white, linen, taupe, beige and gray so it feels a bit more classic and timeless than a truer gray, but still on trend with the move away from overly beige walls.
To increase functionality, we added a double vanity and a freestanding tub since this was the only tub in the entire home. Then it was a matter of adding in those special touches to give the space personality. A piece of art that reminded them of their travels in Italy, along with individual mirrors above each sink and a beautiful chandelier over the tub.
I love that we were able to complete this project and accomplish my clients goals, having a beautiful and functional space that they love, feel a part of and can enjoy for the remaining time that they continue to live there, but kept it on a budget so they would not feel guilty if that time turned out to only be a year.
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